1. The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life - eBookeBOOK
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    The Chocolate Diaries: Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life - eBook
    Karen Linamen
    WaterBrook / 2011 / ePub
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 20 Reviews
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  1. Pam M
    NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet Read!
    May 12, 2011
    Pam M
    NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a wonderful title!!! The subtitle to this book is "Secrets for a Sweeter Journey on the Rocky Road of Life".

    I absolutely loved this book! The cover has an unusual feel to it and the colors are eye-attracting!

    I loved reading the stories that different people shared about how they make life a sweeter journey. Each chapter has a "thought" at the beginning, a block of information called Sweet Secrets in which different people answer the question 'What's your secret to a sweeter life?', and (at the end of each chapter) a section called Food for Thought, which basically are questions to be used for reflection or discussion.

    This book would make a great book study for a group of women from all walks of life! Oh, I almost forgot...at the VERY end of each chapter is a recipe featuring chocolate! Yummy! I envisioned using each recipe as the snack for the book study each week!

    There are many easy ways to make life sweeter discussed, such as changing one word in your vocabulary . Instead of saying , I HAVE to do this and that and oh I am so stressed!! Just say I GET to do this and that and oh what a blessing that I get to do these things!

    Another chapter focuses on friendships and healthy loving relationships as a way to journey through the rocky roads of life with hope and the company of those who love you.

    I loved reading through it and then going back through it and doing the Food for Thought questions. This one is high on my list to share with friends!

    I received this book free to review from Waterbrook Press and have not been obligated to provide a positive review.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Multnomah Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Happy TX mom
    by Austin, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great read!
    May 4, 2011
    Happy TX mom
    by Austin, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have read other books by Karen Scalf Linamen, and I appreciate her honesty and heartfelt delivery in her writing. Her newest book, "The Chocolate Diaries" is no exception. She is straightforward, but inserts joy and humor as she relates how she has learned "sweet secrets" along her recent rocky road of life. I appreciated the inclusion of other uplifiting stories of those who have overcome obstacles and what they did to embrace a sweeter life. This is an easy read, and a great one for a book club -- she includes thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter for discussion (along with a fun chocolate recipe submitted by readers!) My favorite chapter is #6 -- "Eat Chocolate, Write More, Feel Better" where Karen gives some great hints and ideas for journaling that can help you through the rocky and sweeter times of life.
  3. Organic Shoes
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Good fix for the Ups and Downs of Life
    May 3, 2011
    Organic Shoes
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Linamen has sculpted a book of the stories of everyday women like you and me and the ups and downs that are faced on a daily basis. The Chocolate Diaries is full of anecdotes (and chocolate) that bring laughter and tears, occasionally at the same time. Each chapter brings little pick me ups and how everyday readers handle times of stress.

    Linamen has crafted a story full of the sweet and bitter moments in life. This book was enjoyable, reading about the lives of real people and the ways some women have learned to cope with stress and to find laughter in otherwise dreary situations. This book is a great read, good for reading straight through or to come back to when you're in need of a pick-me-up (don't forget the side of chocolate!)

    Each chapter also brings along delicious recipes for when those chocolate cravings hit. Every chocolate lover will appreciate this book!

    I received this book complimentary from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through their reviewer exchange program. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. This review is solely mine.
  4. Rebecca
    Richmond, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A light read for a rough day
    May 2, 2011
    Rebecca
    Richmond, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Sometimes we need a light book to realign our perspectives. And when "The Chocolate Diaries" by Karen Scalf Linamen arrived in my mailbox, that's what I was looking forward to.

    Linamen uses chocolate, and its identity as a comfort food, to draw a parallel with the comfort we can find in relationships, the Bible, God, and other soul-lifters. She shares stories of how friends managed to find the silver lining in rough times to help us to see that no matter how bad life gets, there is hope. There are times when she has more success than others, but overall the book is a quick read.

    Each chapter includes tips from her readers on how to lift a tired spirit, and the end of each chapter includes some reflection questions and, appropriately, a chocolate-rich recipe.
  5. RobbyeFaye
    Oxford, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Real Stories Generously Sprinkled with Chocolate
    May 2, 2011
    RobbyeFaye
    Oxford, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Chocolate Diaries by Karen Scalf Linamen is a book for all women who have been on this journey called life.

    Karen does a wonderful job in The Chocolate Diaries of injecting her own life's battles; such as bouts of depression along with life's joys.

    She believes in using lists to guide her and keep her on track. After one disheartening experience with her lists, she decided to always start her list with: Eat chocolate, thereby ensuring at least one thing on her list would be done every day.

    At times lighthearted and at other times reflective, the book features real women with real stories and ways each coped with their situations.

    Karen draws her analogies from extensive interviews with friends and family and peppers the stories throughout the book.

    Each chapter has, in addition to the story, Sweet Secrets which poses the question to different women "What's your secret to a sweeter journey on the rocky road of life?" and gives their answer, Food for Thought which asks the reader questions based on the chapter and finally at the end of the chapter is Because Real Women Don't Need a Cookbook which highlights reader submitted recipes.

    I think this book would be great for a study group ending each session with the Food for Thought questions and then making the recipes.

    Real people with real stories generously sprinkled with chocolate. Nothing is much better than that!
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